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Quick Facts on Carmen

  • Gender:
  • Girl
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Latin, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 358
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Carmen

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Carmen

Carmen is the Spanish form of the name Carmel referring to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a title given to the Blessed Virgin in early Christianity. Carmel comes from a Hebrew word “karmel” meaning ‘garden, orchard’ and refers to a mountain in the Holy Land (modern day Haifa, northern Israel) which was populated by very early Christian hermits, the forerunners of the Carmelite order of monks. The Blessed Virgin is said to have appeared to one of the monks in the 13th century which is how she received the moniker “Our Lady of Carmel”. Carmel was transformed by the Spanish into Carmen (also influenced by the Latin word “carmen” meaning ‘song, poem’ which is also the root of the English word ‘charm’). Carmen is a female name long associated with the devoutly Catholic Spanish, but spread throughout Europe and the Americas thanks to Georges Bizet’s opera, “Carmen” (1875) which was set in Seville, Spain. Bizet’s composition was based on a novella “Carmen” written by the French dramatist Prosper Mérimée (1845). The title character of the opera, Carmen, was its dramatically tragic heroine and a classic femme-fatale who shocked opera-goers of the late 19th century. Today, this masterpiece is considered one of the greatest creative achievements in operatic history.

Popularity of the Name Carmen

Carmen has enjoyed relatively modest success in the United States. Never a Top 100 favorite for girls, Carmen has nonetheless enjoyed a solid spot on the female naming charts for well over 100 years. The name has mainly been influenced by Americans of Hispanic or Latino descent, although Carmen does not sound distinctly Spanish (like Maria, Guadalupe or Alejandra, for example). Carmen is definitely considered a cross-over name but it still rules in Spain (where it is currently the 15th most popular girl’s name). This name is not particularly feminine – there’s nothing frilly about it. Carmen has a certain sensual quality thanks to the opera heroine. It’s a confident name – strong and enduring. In Latin, Carmen means “song” or “poem” which is a lovely meaning behind the name of any little girl. It is also interesting to note that in Roman mythology, Carmenta was the guardian for pregnant mothers, midwives and newborns (she was also given credit for inventing the Latin alphabet). This name is loaded with interesting cultural references – it’s just an all-around perfect choice!
Popularity of the Girl Name Carmen
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Carmen

  • Popular Songs on Carmen

    Popular Songs on Carmen

    Carmen - a French opera by Georges Bizet

    Carmen - a song by Anything Box

    Carmen - a song by Celine Dion

    Carmen - a song by Lush

    Carmen - a song by Paula Cole

    Carmen - a song by ToTo

    Carmen - a song by Tony Orlando and Dawn

    Carmen Queasy - a song by Maxim

    Goodbye Carmen - a song by Wilson Phillips

    They Don't Dance Like Carmen No More - a song by Jimmy Buffett

    Tonight Carmen - a song by Marty Robbins

    Where In The World Is Carmen San Diego? - a song by Tilt

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Carmen

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Carmen

    Carmen Dives In: Star Sisterz (Linda Johns) - The second book in an exciting new series for girl readers. Carmen Dives In is the second book in a new series of real-life adventures written specifically for girls ages 8 and up. Sized to fit the young reader market, the series follows a group of friends who receive mysterious messages and win charms as they grow in confidence. The stories emphasize friendship, empowerment, and self-esteem. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Carmen Learns English (Judy Cox) - Starting school is scary for Carmen, who has just arrived in the U.S. from Mexico, but with the help of la señora Coska, her kind teacher, she starts to learn English. The colorful illustrations, in ink, watercolor, and acrylic paint, show Carmen both happy at home and then struggling with worries at school. Many kids, especially immigrants, will enjoy the non-preachy turnarounds, in which Ms. Coska (whose Spanish is muy terrible) has Carmen teach the other students Spanish, and Carmen tells the class bullies that they are the ones with an accent. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants (Ann Brashares) - They were just a soft, ordinary pair of thrift-shop jeans until the four girls took turns trying them on--four girls, that is, who are close friends, about to be parted for the summer, with very different sizes and builds, not to mention backgrounds and personalities. Yet the pants settle on each girl's hips perfectly, making her look sexy and long-legged and feel confident as a teenager can feel. "These are magical Pants!" they realize, and so they make a pact to share them equally, to mail them back and forth over the summer from wherever they are. Beautiful, distant Lena is going to Greece to be with her grandparents; strong, athletic Bridget is off to soccer camp in Baja, California; hot-tempered Carmen plans to have her divorced father all to herself in South Carolina; and Tibby the rebel will be left at home to slave for minimum wage at Wallman's. Over the summer the Pants come to represent the support of the sisterhood, but they also lead each girl into bruising and ultimately healing confrontations with love and courage, dying and forgiveness. Recommended for ages 12+

    True Friends: The Carmen Browne Series (Stephanie Perry Moore) - Carmen Browne is a ten-year-old African-American girl beginning fifth grade. With her family moving to a new city, Carmen is anguished to give up her friends and comfortable home. As her family adapts to a new location, Carmen learns that finding new friends and fitting in is not easy. Part of her doesn't even want to try. Family issues become complicated when Carmen's brother learns he is adopted. Dealing with unpopularity, fitting in, and cultural differences are Carmen's issues in the first book of the Carmen Browne series. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Where in Time Is Carmen Sandiego? (Golden Books) - Clever aspiring detectives must track the elusive Carmen Sandiego as she and her thieving friends travel through time and try to steal such valuable treasures as a Ming vase, a Viking longboat, and an Aztec temple. Part of a popular series. Recommended for ages 9-12.

  • Famous People Named Carmen

    Famous People Named Carmen

    Famous People Named Carmen - Carmen Miranda (Brazilian singer/actress); Carmen Electra (real name is Tara Patrick); Carmen Kass (supermodel)

  • Children of Famous People Named Carmen

    Children of Famous People Named Carmen

    Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Carmen - Robert Plant (musician); Claudio Arrau (Pianist)

  • Historic Figures

    Carmen - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Carmen - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Carmen.

Personality of the Girl Name Carmen

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Carmen

  • No Variations Found.
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